Joe Biden took to Twitter this week to show off his 1967 Chevrolet Corvette and make the public aware of his support for the American automotive industry.
The short campaign ad was shared on the Democratic presidential nominee’s Twitter page along with the caption “there’s been a lot of talk about my vetting process lately. Here’s an inside look,” which is a punny reference to the ongoing deliberations over his pick for a running mate.
The ad shows Joe Biden tooling around in his Goodwood Green 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, which was a wedding gift to him from his father. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Biden’s Corvette. When he was Barack Obama’s vice president, Biden often lamented the fact that the Secret Service would not let him drive the car off his property.
There’s been a lot of talk about my vetting process lately. Here’s an inside look: pic.twitter.com/tFRKJOE3hi
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 5, 2020
We also know Biden’s a fan of newer Corvettes. When GM debuted the C7 Corvette Z06 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Biden joked that owning a Z06 was reason enough to avoid a presidential bid in the future.
“Everyone wants to know whether or not I’m going to run for president,” Biden said at the show in January of 2014. “There’s a lot of reasons to run for president, but there’s one overwhelming reason not to run for president. I’d like to get that Z06 with 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. 3.4 seconds! You tach that sucker up to six grand and this comes out of the hole like a bullet, man.”
Biden’s sights may have moved beyond the C7 Corvette Z06, though. In the campaign ad, the 77-year-old also said that he’s heard rumors that GM is working on a battery-electric Corvette with a top speed of 200 mph. We’ve heard rumors of hybrid Corvette E-Ray and Corvette Zora models based on the mid-engine C8 Corvette, but this is the first time we’re hearing of concrete plans for a pure electric version. It’s possible Biden confused these rumored hybrid-electric models with a battery-electric model, as well.
Biden then shifts his focus to electric vehicles, saying he thinks the American automotive industry is in a good position to capitalize on the growing demand for EVs.
“I believe we can own the 21st-century market again by moving to electric vehicles,” he said.
The Joe Biden Twitter account sent out another tweet immediately after the video, which read: “I don’t buy for one second that the vitality of American manufacturing is a thing of the past. As president, I’ll make bold investments in American manufacturing, industry, and innovation to make sure the future is made in America — by all of America.”
The C8 Corvette is made at a GM plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky and 64% of its components are manufactured either in the United States or Canada. The only production GM EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, is built at a plant in Lake Orion, Michigan.